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‘Open wide your hearts’

Some years ago The United Methodist Church had a welcoming slogan that was all about opening wide our hearts, to quote the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:13. The denomination paid for a number of TV spots…

Long-detained immigrant families in PA arouse concern, protests

‘Loving the Stranger’

Deuteronomy 10:19 reminds us, “You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” Have you ever been a stranger and found welcome? I remember the overwhelming welcome…

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Grateful!

Bishop Peggy Johnson’s Blog: At the United Methodist Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference in Lancaster, Pa., July 11-15, our demonstration of hospitality exceeded my wildest expectations!

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Disharmony felt in key resolutions, relations at NEJ Conference

Reflection by The Rev. Jeffrey Raffauf: The NE Jurisdictional Conference was a unique experience for me. I understood going in the importance of this body…

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Call to action against racism: Are we really going to do this?

“We will all have to repent, not merely for the hateful words and actions of bad people, but for the appalling silence of the good people.”

Carrying the Cross

Bearing the Cross of Love

This walk in which we find ourselves as Christians is not an easy one, nor was it meant to be. We are told to take up our cross to follow Jesus. We are not told to take up this light and easy vacation, but rather a cross.

Fulton Opera House, Site of Conestoga Indian Massacre

Repentance asks ‘all of us’ to remember

On a sunny day during our Eastern PA Annual Conference in June, several of us entered the historic Fulton Theatre in downtown Lancaster, just a short walk from the Convention Center.

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NEJ Conference: Calling us to pray and be ‘salty’

I call the pastors and members of the Philadelphia Area (both Eastern PA and the Peninsula Delaware Conference) to a time of prayer for the Northeastern Jurisdictional Conference…

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Bishop’s Blog: “Fire, Wind and Stones”

Pentecost in 2016 happens during the United Methodist Church’s General Conference, on May 15.   It is the birthday of the church, a commemoration of the day when the power of… Read more

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Call to Prayer for GC2016: Social Issues

Among the most important but also the most controversial part of General Conference every four years is the conversation about social issues.  United Methodists of good will are at different… Read more